The DSS Leicester Team

Marianne Siegfried-Brookes, School Head and Teacher

Marianne is the founder and organiser of the DSS Leicester. She is an experienced and enthusiastic primary and secondary school teacher with a MSc in Secondary Education from the University of Zurich. She has been teaching bilingual children and adults since 1999, first in Sweden by setting up the German part of a language school, and since 2004 in the UK. Her aim is to support, promote and further language learning and bilinguality in the UK. She believes in an active approach to learning, engaging the students on all levels - intellectual, social, emotional, creative, physical,... Her own two children are trilingual and speak English, German and Schwiizerdütsch :)



Anne Honsel, Teacher
Anne is an experienced and dedicated primary school teacher. She has been teaching in the Early Years for the last 10 years.

She is currently managing the Languagekindergarten, teaching the "Schwalben" in the Saturday School and teaching French in KS2 at a local Primary School. Anne is also one of the Directors of the German Academy.

After studying German Literature, Art and Textile Design at the University of Osnabrück, Vienna and Heidelberg, Anne completed her Teacher training in Aachen. She continued her studies at the University of Leicester with a  Masters in Teaching and Learning in 2013. 

Anne believes in a developmental approach to learning, seeing the role of a teacher as a facilitator. Creativity and sensitivity to the child's needs and interests is at the heart of all meaningful interaction.


Tina Lloyd, Finances

Tina looks after the finances at the German Academy. A native German speaker from Hamburg, Tina came to UK in 1997 to work and study and has never left! She has previously been involved with German speaking children playgroups in Cambridge and in Nottingham and has also worked as a private German tutor. Tina works as a bilingual (English and German) freelance researcher and translator with over 15 years business ina’s 5-year old daughter loves the fact that she can speak German to her mum and English to her dad (sometimes mixing it together).


Silke Friedersdorff, Teacher​​
Silke studied education in Berlin, Germany, and has been working with children and teenagers both in the UK and in Germany for more than 20 years. Her own four children are bilingual.​



Dr Bettina Schock, Teacher
Bettina came to the UK in 1996 to study for a PhD at Queen’s University Belfast. After a few years in the USA, she returned to the UK. Bettina’s 5-year old daughter loves the fact that she can speak German to her mum and English to her dad (sometimes mixing it together).


​Silke Walker, Eulen Teacher
Silke has been living in the UK since 1993. She used to work as au pair here. She is now a mother of two and helps the at the local school with reading in Reception and Year 1. 

Frauke Shiells, Adult Teacher​​
Frauke was teaching our first adult course in the Vienna Druckers Café in Leicester. She has studied modern foreign languages in Giessen, Germany and been teaching German adult courses in the UK with different subjects since 2005.​


Esther Lambe, Saturday School Teacher

Esther has worked in hotels in Egypt, Oman and Italy. In Egypt, she taught English to local hotel staff. Esther has been living in England since 2003. In London she worked as personal assistant for several years at an investment company with international clients. Her two sons grow up bilingual.

Gabi Clough, Teacher

Gabi is an experienced and dedicated senior classes teacher. She has been teaching German and Spanish for the last 20 years in Scotland, Germany and England. Gabi has a lot of experience in German GCSE and A-Level. Her daughter passed the German A-Level in June 2019. She grows up bilingual.

Maren Gregg-Burkhart, Spatzen Helper

Maren has been living and working in England since 2004. Her two sons are growing up bilingual. 

Heidi Richter, Spatzen Helper
Heidi is 16 years old. She has been attending the German Saturday School Leicester for 6 years and now helps with the 3 to 6 year old's. She has recently done her German GCSE.